OS Map 196, Grid Ref SU566132
Client: Shedfield Parish Council
The village of Shedfield lies within its own common, an area of acid grassland, heath and woodland. In the past the local villagers would have had commoners right to this land, enabling them to graze livestock, cut areas for hay and animal bedding and collect firewood, to list but a few activities allowed. Now in recent times these activities which would have kept the common 'open' no longer continue and so it has become degraded over the years to the detriment of its flora and fauna.
Over the past few years the Parish Council have been managing areas of open habitat through regular mowing but recently they commissioned a report on the common that recommended some more drastic action to save many of the important habitats found here, such as heathland and wet grassland areas and this is where we come in.
Two days, one wet, one dry, made a big difference to an overgrown area of wet grassland.
Our next task here will be to tackle another area of overgrown scrub.
Meet at 10am in Prickett Hill, Shedfield. If heading north from Wickham on the A334 follow this road until it becomes the B2177 Winchester road, heading to Bishops Waltham (the A334 turns left opposite a care home). Take the next right into Heathlands and then the third right at a crossroads into Prickett Hill, we shall be parking a short way down here. Look out for our white van and yellow signs.